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Author

EPA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom
  • Worksheets
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 14 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

PDF, YouTube Video

EnviroAtlas Webquest

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Synopsis
  • In this activity, students will complete a step-by-step worksheet that will show them how to use the EnviroAtlas. 
  • The EnviroAtlas is an interactive map of the United States that provides data on a variety of environmental topics, such as carbon storage, pollutants, and energy potential. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The lesson plan and student handout provide a step-by-step guide on using the interactive maps.
  • The activity is hands-on and will keep the students engaged.
  • Data provided in the Webquest tool includes demographics, ecological boundaries, pollution sources and impacts, ecosystem services and biodiversity, and time series layers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should spend some time going through the steps on the worksheet before using it with students.
  • Students will need computers, Internet access, and printouts of the handouts.
  • Teachers may want to pair students who need assistance with students who are facile with technology.

Differentiation

  • Advanced students could form a hypothesis about the correlation between two layers and then use the EnviroAtlas to see if the data supports the hypothesis.
  • Students could use the EnviroAtlas to research information about the local community and present the information using a slideshow, a podcast, or a video. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this Google Earth timelapse that shows the effects of human activity on forests, this interactive map of the United States's energy infrastructure and resources, and this interactive world map that shows areas vulnerable to coastal flooding and sea level rise.
Scientist Notes
This is a Webquest activity that enables students to explore map features and analyze maps from selected data layers and attributes. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1: Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by communicating their findings by creating visual representations of the world, showing a basic understanding of the geographic grid, including the equator and prime meridian.
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by analyzing the local, national, and global geographic data on physical, environmental, and cultural processes that shape and change places and regions.
      • Geography 1 (D2): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by using inquiry to predict and evaluate consequences of geographic influences.
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